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a priori

  (formal)
accepted without being thought about or questioned The existence of God is a priori for most people with a religious faith. In a court of law, a priori assumptions about guilt and innocence can be dangerous.
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Instead of granting Hegel's claims of the identity of the a priori and empirical in the concept, Stone begins by answering the oft-heard criticism that Hegel's nature has no relation to actually observed nature, and thus her first task is to show that an a priori, "metaphysical" approach to nature can have any claim to truth when at odds with natural science.
Over the book's six chapters, Cassam applies multi-levels responses to the questions of how the following are possible: knowledge (3); knowledge of the external world (4; Chapters 1-4); perceptual knowledge (6; Chapters 1-4); knowledge of other minds (155; Chapter 5); a priori knowledge (188; Chapter 6).
The First still attempts an a priori demonstration that our cognitive methods satisfy some (weak) criterion of adequacy.
BonJour offers us a late-twentieth-century persuasive rationalist approach to a priori knowledge.
What Place for the A Priori offers original essays on a priori knowledge in a fine collection suitable for college-level audiences strong in philosophy.
The Notion of the A Priori is the English translation of Mikel Dufrenne's 1959 work La Notion D 'A Priori.